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Read this before you decide IF you want to be a professional photographer
on December 14, 2015
I bought this book after hearing Zack Arias and Chase Jarvis mention it during an interview. At first, I was not very impressed and disappointed with my purchase. After setting it aside for a few days, I began to read it again. I think I gave it a more appraisal the second time around.
The author chose Vision Mongers for the title as a reference to selling visions. I would say that is the perfect description of what he's talking about - selling one's authentic artistic vision without selling one's soul.
I think this book should be read; and used to guide a thorough self-evaluation by everyone who thinks that they might, possibly, maybe, someday want to become a professional artist in any medium. His experience with loving his art, avoiding his art, coming to love it again and finally balancing his personal and artistic principles with the requirements of marketing his skillset and vision in order to pursue his vision gives a good insight into what it takes. Perhaps his counselling background gives the author an advantage - but regardless, anyone considering a career in the any art will likely save themselves much time and travail if they read this book and conduct a deep self-evaluation first. There is no shame in becoming a professional and there is no shame in choosing to not; but everyone should know which they truly want.
If you decide that you want to become a pro, or even if you just want to get better, follow this one up with "Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs" by Roberto Valenzuela. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321803531?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00